NLP Trainer Training Syllabus

Designed by John Seymour to inspire trainers to deliver NLP of the highest standard

NLP Trainer Training Syllabus

NLP trainer training students at work

This course covers the core processes and skills involved in training all the main NLP skills including:

  • Presuppositions
  • Rapport
  • Outcomes
  • Rep systems and submodalities
  • Strategies
  • States, beliefs and core values
  • All the main NLP change processes
  • The Meta Model
  • The Milton Model
  • Modelling, etc

It is designed to support trainers and would-be trainers regardless of whether they seek to to deliver formal, informal or covert NLP trainings. Similarly, the skills are contextualised for both public and in-house seminars.

We are currently redeveloping the 2018 course to make it even more applied and practical. We are hoping these developments will be announced by the end of September 2017.  The syllabus below is from our 2016 course and should give a flavour. Master Trainers confirmed for our 2018 course include John Seymour, Neil Almond, Sarah Smith and Lindsey Agnes. We are also hoping Chris Rasey will return.

Seminar 1
Day 1 – Learning Styles and Strategies
John Seymour and Sarah Smith

The seminar starts with introductions, usually to camera. After an overview of the accreditation process and NLP trainer recognition options, you will learn how to clarify learning goals, starting with each other’s. The main theme of this day is looking at how learning actually works, the range of learning styles and strategies, the most common blocks to learning, and how you can overcome them. The 4mat model is introduced followed by a short piece to camera in small groups, with feedback. Peer supervision groups are established and trainer reflective learning journals started.

Day 2 – Delivery
Sarah Smith and Neil Almond

With the main theme of delivery, the Training TOTEs model is added into the 4mat model to deconstruct training into all the main component parts. This enriched model of the building blocks of effective training forms the basis for the feedback at the end of each student’s piece to camera. You will be learning to evaluate key elements including body language, gestures, marking, choreography, voice quality, trainer state/group state, language, clarity and content. Finally the Inner and Outer Trainer model enables you to tie it all together.

Seminar 2
Day 3 – Presentation
Chris Rasey

Presenting in an NLP way is the thread that runs through this day. With more than one “spot to camera” the training will encourage you to: begin training with motivational meta programmes, optimise your use of non-verbal communications throughout, and to utilise metaphors appropriately and effectively. Beyond any specific instruction or recommendation, you will be encouraged to recognise and change any self-imposed limitations, on the way to becoming the presenter you want to be. It is a day rich in learning opportunities.

Day 4 – Design
John Seymour and Sarah Smith

This day starts by covering all the main elements of training outcomes that are needed for effective design. These include outcomes for trainees, trainer and any sponsoring organisation, both overt and covert. You will learn how to design at all the main levels or chunk sizes, from whole courses, down to individual chunks of training, and from designing experiential exercises that really work, down to the structure of individual sentences. Other design elements range from visual aids to environment, from metaphors to culture, and more.

Seminar 3
Day 5 – Practice Assessment and Coaching
Sarah Smith and Margot MCleary

This is a shorter version of the final assessment in which you design and deliver a short piece of training in small groups to camera. Each person in the group will give you quality feedback on what you are doing that works and the changes you could make to improve your training effectiveness. This is a very effective learning and development tool. Coaching is provided as needed. There may be a short written test to assess your NLP knowledge base.

Day 6 – Modelling for Trainers
John Seymour and Neil Almond

Modelling is often under-used by trainers as a tool for development. Modelling specific skills will accelerate your development. Tony will be modeling out some of John and Sarah’s key skills. You will also have the opportunity to model out key skills. We will be exploring modeling as perhaps the most significant methodology for continuous professional development. If there is time we will start looking at the teaching of this core technology of NLP.

Seminar 4
Day 7 – Group Dynamics
Neil Almond

This is a lively and entertaining day, which concentrates on eliciting and managing delegate participation. It includes skills for getting a group involved, enlivened and engaged actively in experiential learning processes. And having let the fun out of the bag, how you neatly and elegantly stuff it all back in again and resume control and management of the session. You will be exploring a whole range of skills and tips not just for training, but for facilitating learning, and also skills for dealing with the situations we all dread, those Trainers’ Worst Nightmares!

Day 8 – Setting up Demonstrations and Exercises
John Seymour and Neil Almond

Setting up a change process demonstration is different to setting up an exercise. You will be learning the different skills needed to set up skills learning exercises clearly, and have your exercise demonstrations work well. You will also learn how to set up a change process demonstration by selecting a suitable volunteer, elegantly demonstrating an NLP change process with a volunteer, ‘meta-commenting’, and learning how to recover from a ‘non-typical’ demonstration.

Seminar 5
Day 9 Business Aspects
Neil Almond and Sarah Smith

All the aspects outside of training that you need to know to be able to earn a living as a trainer will be covered, including some of the most effective approaches to sales and marketing. From the best of the more traditional methods including word of mouth, through to the more recent marketing innovations of the internet era, including website design for effective marketing, and online social marketing strategies. Also included are accreditation and recognition by different NLP bodies, growing a business, financial strategies, VAT, employees, insurance, different legal forms, and more.

Day 10 Designing and delivering Introductions
Sarah Smith and Neil Almond

This day focuses on how you design and deliver at the front end. This can be anything from a traditional introduction to NLP, to the beginning of any training – there are many options. We will cover all the main issues when starting a new training, from sales and marketing, through the technical training aspects, to the personal issues that can get in the way. You will be developing both your competence and your confidence.

Seminar 6
Day 11 – The Meta Model and the Milton Model
Sarah Smith and Chris Rasey

In the beginning, the Meta Model was NLP. Crucially important, it is often omitted, because it is considered ‘difficult’ to teach. You will be learning what works, and what doesn’t work, in teaching these precision information gathering skills, and how to make it fun. Similarly, you will be learning some of the most effective approaches to teaching the Milton Model (including trance) and how to utilize these powerful language patterns in your training.

Days 12 Review and Assessment Preparation
Sarah Smith

Most of this day is an opportunity to review any aspect of the training, or to focus down in more depth. Any aspects of training not covered can be explored at this stage. There may be another written test of your NLP knowledge base. Most written work, based on your experience of applying these skills to training of your choice between seminars, has been handed in. Final assessment presentations are agreed.

Seminar 7
Days 13 & 14 – Assessment and Certification as NLP Trainers
Sarah Smith, Neil Almond and John Seymour

All written work is due by this date at the latest. You will be delivering a 40 minute piece of live training to camera at an agreed level of difficulty. You will receive rich and specific feedback from others. You will also be assessed on your ability to give quality feedback to others. Successful completion of all elements leads to accreditation and certification as an NLP Trainer by John Seymour.

The NLP Trainer Evaluation and Certification
During the 14 days there will be on-going assessment. You will then apply what you have learnt through a number of exercises designed to bring out the best trainer potential in you. In between the two-day seminars, you will be applying your skills in your training practice and keeping a journal of your learning.

Your certification comes with no hidden strings – you are a fully independent qualified NLP Trainer.

If you would like to know more, do get in touch on 0117 325 8000 or email

John Seymour is professional, rigorous and provides a safe and stimulating environment for learning and expanding your horizons. The course exceeded my expectations and enabled me to exceed my expectations of/for myself.Stevie Godivala, Trainer

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